Kirstie Allsopp sparks backlash with tweet about homeworkers getting back to the office

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Kirstie Allsopp during a BUILD event at AOL London on September 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Kirstie Allsopp has sparked a debate by suggesting that workers should be rushing to return to their offices as soon as they can.

Many people have been working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Location, Location, Location star warned employees that bosses could choose to hire cheaper workers from abroad, and said she would be hurrying back in if she had an office role.

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 FRIDAY JUNE 15 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are touring the UK this summer to inspire BritainÕs households to choose a smart meter, kicking-off the campaign on Friday June 15th at Westfield, Stratford in London.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 FRIDAY JUNE 15 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are touring the UK this summer to inspire Britain�s households to choose a smart meter, kicking-off the campaign on Friday June 15th at Westfield, Stratford in London.
Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday September 6 Stand Up to Cancer supporter Kirstie Allsopp (left) surprises single mother Ann Sandeman, 45, who has terminal cancer, with a tea party in recognition of her efforts to support and raise awareness for Cancer Research UK.
Presenter Kirstie Allsopp and pupils of Channing School, Highgate - winners of Clean for the Queen schools poster competition, during a photocall ahead of Clean for the Queen (CFTQ) weekend, a nationwide push to clean Britain's streets for the Queen's 90th birthday, at Victoria Tower Gardens, London.
Kirstie Allsopp attends the opening of London Craft Week at the V&A Museum, London.
Kirstie Allsopp arrives for the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium, W1.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Kirstie Allsopp during a BUILD event at AOL London on September 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are touring the UK this summer to inspire Britain's households to choose a smart meter, visiting Cabot Circus Centre on Saturday July 14, 2018 in Bristol, England. The duo will be joined by Susan Calman in 9 cities across the UK, informing as many people as possible about the small but important step everyone can take for a cleaner, greener, smarter future that could also save the UK nearly £560 million a year. Households can ask for a smart meter to be fitted by their energy supplier for (Photo by Matt Keeble/Getty Images for Cleaner, Greener, Smarter Britain)
Kirstie Allsopp visits the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden during the press preview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Kirstie Allsopp attends Save The Children's Magical Winter Gala celebrating the 20th anniversary since the publication of the first of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories at The Guildhall on November 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Kirstie Allsopp visits the Sentebale 'Hope In Vunerability' Garden during the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.The Sentebale - Hope In Vulnerability Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show was designed by Matt Keightley and is inspired by the Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho. The Children's Centre is due to open later this year in Lesotho and will provide support to children living wth HIV (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Jimmy Carr speaks to Kirstie Allsopp on the trading floor during the BGC Charity Day 2013 at BGC Partners on September 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BGC Partners)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Kirstie Allsopp gives her creative and cost effective top tips at B&Q's Sutton store to help customers do it themselves this Christmas on November 1, 2011 in Sutton, England. B&Q is rolling out Christmas skills classes as part of it's 'You Can Do It' DIY classes to help customers be savvy and cost effective this Christmas. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for B&Q)
Kirstie Allsopp Launches Keep Britain Tidy'S New Campaign 'Love Where You Live' To Make Britain A Cleaner Greener Place To Live. Mile End, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Presenters Kirstie Allsopp and George Clarke pose for a photograph in B and Q, Wandsworth on January 31, 2011 in London, England. B and Q, the UKs leading home improvement retailer today announced that it has signed up Kirstie Allsopp and George Clarke as part of its campaign to make DIY and home improvement easier for everyone. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Kirstie Allsopp attends photocall for Keep Britain Tidy nationwide litter pick up in King's Cross on September 10, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
British host Kirstie Allsopp attends the UK film premiere of "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" in London on September 24, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza CORRECTING IDENTITY (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)
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'Location, Location, Location' presenter Kirstie Allsopp and the Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps campaign against the introduction of the controversial new Home Information Packs (HIPs) by Lambeth Bridge in central London. (Photo by Johnny Green - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp and Charlie Dimmock at the start the Playtex Moonwalk from London's Hyde Park, on its 10th birthday. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress and comedienne Jennifer Saunders (left) and Location Location Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp in Hyde Park, ahead of their marathon for this weekend's 10th anniversary of the Playtex Moonwalk, which raises money for breast cancer research. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron (left) with first time buyer Aidan Burley, 27, and Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp at the Natural Caf in Chiswick, west London, Monday March 27, 2006. Mr Cameron today accused the Government of making home ownership the preserve of "the lucky few", with too many young people unable to get on the property ladder. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Parsons/PA pool. (Photo by Andrew Parsons - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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"If your job can be done from home it can be done from abroad where wages are lower," she posted on Twitter.

"If I had an office job I'd want to be first in the queue to get back to work and prove my worth to my employer.

"I am terrified by what could be on the horizon for so many."

The message triggered a debate on Twitter, with some people saying the TV personality "knows nothing of real work" and asking: "How do you know how office workers are feeling?"

"I have been working from home since April. I have doing all the same duties at home as I would do in an office. My productivity is better at home as no distractions, no commuting. I think you are out of order," tweeted one person.

"I find people love being lectured by a rich woman who doesn't have an office job," said another.

"I should add @Channel4 I am more than capable and happy to do Kirsty's (sic) job, from my home for half what you pay her."

However, others agreed with Allsopp, saying she was "spot on".

"Seriously people, why are so many of you are missing Kirstie's point?" tweeted one person.

"She is clearly warning those WFH, that if you don't need to attend an office etc, there is a risk the companies could lay you off."

Allsopp, 48, followed up her first post by insisting her message was "not an 'attack' on 'homeworkers'."

"It's about the coming wave of redundancies and the fact that many believe that out of sight if out of mind," she said.

"You can agree or disagree but that doesn't make it an 'attack'."

She also warned: "The only thing we all know is that a 66% drop in people working away from home will have a negative impact on so many sectors of the economy.

"Jobs will be lost, a lot of jobs."

In response to claims she was "scaremongering", she wrote: "People scaremongering about Covid all day long, if I'm terrified of the economic damage I think it's important to say so."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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